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On one of the earlier visits back to my beloved hometown, Penang, we chanced upon Ping Hooi kopitiam while in search for a meal between lunch and dinner, this was actually due to the fact that both the Pitt Street kuih teow soup I was trying to have and my favorite oyster omelet  were not available.

Tiger Char Kuih Teow at Ping Hooi Kopitiam
Tiger Char Kuih Teow at Ping Hooi Kopitiam

Since the busiest corner at the kopitiam seems to be this char kuih teow stall by the name of Tiger CKT, I ordered myself a plate of this favorite Penang hawker dish of mine.

There’s three versions to choose from – without egg (RM 6), with chicken egg (RM 6.50), and with duck egg (RM 7).

Tiger Char Kuih Teow with duck egg
Tiger Char Kuih Teow with duck egg

Whenever there’s duck egg available for char kuih teow, I never fail choose it. Duck egg always offer that extra richness & creaminess that chicken egg simply won’t match, and the version at Tiger char kuih teow did not disappoint, it was rich, creamy, spicy, and with cockles that were done just so, and prawns that were fresh. This is one of the best CKT you can get below RM 10.

operator even has a company t-shirt
operator even has a company t-shirt

Next time when you head to Penang, remember that awesome char kuih teow aren’t confined to only Lorong Selamat or Siam Road where you have to wait for over half an hour to get a plate of Penang’s best. I for sure won’t mind heading back to this one again.

map to Ping Hooi kopitiam, Penang

Address:
Tiger Char Kuih Teow
Ping Hooi Kopitiam

Lebuh Carnavon, Georgetown
10100 Penang
GPS5.414572, 100.334128
Tel: 016-458 0926

Next on Vietnamese Street food introduction is Chao Vit, or Vietnamese duck porridge. A classic dish that I had for the very first time during this trip to Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnamese Duck Porridge stall by Chu Manh Trinh road
Vietnamese Duck Porridge stall by Chu Manh Trinh road 

We actually stumbled  upon this little road side stalls by Chu Manh Trinh road in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City while walking from the touristy areas towards our Airbnb room slightly further North East. The stall was well stocked with plenty of duck, and with a crowd seated around it enjoying porridge & slices of duck meat.

We just couldn’t miss the opportunity.

the porridge also comes with coagulated blood
the porridge also comes with coagulated blood

We ordered a portion of duck for two person to go with porridge, as well as a portion of innards. This was done with a combination of Google translate via the phone, and a bit of finger pointing to the other tables. Technology sure helps in making all these authentic food so much more accessible to those who can’t speak the language, we were the only non-natives at the stall.

simple eat by the road side - chao vit
simple eat by the road side – chao vit

Chao Vit is excellent, the boiled duck meat is served with green onions, cilantro, pepper, fish sauce and more. The condiment that goes with it compliment the meat perfectly, and can be made spicy if that’s your preference. As for the porridge, they’re made from broken rice and  even comes with chunks of coagulated blood, one of my favorite ingredients!

It was really one of the best dishes we had in Saigon, if you’re ever at District 1 and don’t mind dining with the locals, this is a place that you need to check out.

safe to say we both loved this dish a lot
safe to say we both loved this dish a lot

The meal cost us just over 100,000 VND if I’m not mistaken, totally worth it.

chao vit stall at Ho Chi Minh City

Address:
Chao Vit road side stall
Chu Mạnh Trinh
District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
GPS: 10.782813, 106.703568

Remember the awesome tilapia wantan mee at Rawang I posted on this blog not long ago? Well, that was actually the second plate of wantan mee in two days when we visited Serendah several weeks ago, this was the first – at Yee Kee kopitiam in the sleepy town of Serendah.

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Wantan Mee at Yee Kee Kopitiam, Serendah

Yee Kee kopitiam is perhaps the busiest spot in the whole of Serendah in any given mornings. The corner coffee shop is usually packed with people, and offers quite a number of different hawker delights. The biggest of these stalls though, has got to be the one offering wantan mee.

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While many wantan mee places in Klang Valley offers char siu (bbq pork), wantan, chicken feet, and even hakka fried pork, few can rival the variety of additional ingredients offered here. There’s fried tofu skin, curry chicken with potato, long bean, pork, cabbage, fish paste, and even chicken drum sticks.

The result is a meal that can often last you through lunch. I really do like it with those extra vegetable options as well, most other places only offers meat based additional ingredients.

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If you find yourself looking for breakfast options near Rawang or Serendah, this is definitely a place worth checking out.

map to Serendah Yee Kee kopitiam

Address:
Yee Kee Kopitiam
Lorong Kampung Dato Harun
Serendah, Selangor
GPS: 3.366566, 101.605637

Over the X’mas and New Year holiday, we went to a friend’s place in Serendah for an overnight excursion and a little bit of R&R, and of course, one of the agendas is to try some of the more unique foods in the area.

If Klang is famous for bak kut teh and Penang for char kuih teow & laksa, then tilapia must be Rawang’s speciality.

R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee at Rawang
R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee at Rawang

So the next morning, we went to R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee to try this rather unique dish only available here.

The restaurant is located in a residential area just a few minutes away from Rawang town center. Seating area is semi-alfresco, with a roof, no walls, and plenty of ceiling fans to keep you somewhat comfortable. While there are quite a few dishes to choose from the menu, the star here is the tilapia.

we ordered all five types of tilapia wantan mee
we ordered all six types of tilapia wantan mee

There are six choices to choose from, and you can have them with rice, or in their unique wantan mee style. We chose the latter and tried all six flavors.

Each dish is priced at RM 13.50 comes with a portion of wantan mee and a small tilapia that’s either steamed of deep fried. The flavors are:

  • 金针 golden mushroom – classic with steamed tilapia, enoki, garlic, & ginger
  • 酱蒸 bean sauce – brown bean sauce with deep fried tilapia
  • 干煎 deep fried – self explanatory, with some chili too
  • 油滑 classic oiled – steamed with soya sauce & oil, plenty of fried garlic
  • 咖喱 curry
  • 东炎 tomyam

the chicken wings pretty good too
the chicken wings pretty good too

The wantan mee was rather good, the fish tasted fresh and flavorful regardless of the preparation method, and the different sauces were all spot on, including the tomyam flavor (usually lacking in Chinese shops). Go for the deep fried version if you struggle with fish bones, otherwise the steamed version gives you slightly more flavors.

Additionally, we also had some chicken wings (RM 3.50 each) to “supplement” the meal. They were pretty good too, crunchy on the outside, juicy inside, with good belacan taste infused.

If you are looking for something special, this is definitely worth checking out.

map to R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee, Rawang

Address:
Restoran R Cheng Fei Zhou Yu Wantan Mee
No. E-13, Jalan LKS 5,
Kampung Lee Kim Sai,
48000 Rawang
Selangor
GPS: 3.309852, 101.577027
Tel: 012-304 5671, 016-983 4888

Not too many days ago I found myself at Seapark looking to go for some chicken rice at Hoe Fong, and sure enough it wasn’t open, so we headed for 2nd option – Tong Fong kopitiam at around the corner just behind KFC.

"James Bond" char kuih teow at Restaurant Tong Fong, Seapark
“James Bond” char kuih teow at Restaurant Tong Fong, Seapark

The kopitiam serves pretty good curry mee and beef noodle, but the bright yellow banner that says “James Bond Fried Kuey Teow” caught my attention. Another peek revealed that this self-proclaimed James Bond is at about Sean Connery’s age, so I ordered a plate for myself using my trusted Penang Hokkien, which he understood – litmus test passed!

decent prawn, big cockles, good "wok hei", not a bad plate of char kuih teow
decent prawn, big cockles, good “wok hei”, not a bad plate of char kuih teow

The ensuing plate of char kuih teow turned out to be more than decent. Good size prawn, juicy cockles, and kuih teow fried with some decent fire, it was pretty good. I only wished there’s a duck egg option and that maybe I should have ordered it a bit more spicy. But it did satisfy my cravings and more than made my stomach happy.

map to restaurant Tong Fong, Seapark

Address:
Tong Fong restaurant
Jalan 21/17,
Seapark,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS3.110142, 101.621673
Hoursbreakfast and lunch